I'm planning some air travel in North America. When I get to the last city airport, I will not have any time for equipment purchases. The flights will extend out into the boonies, and there will be no place for equipment purchases. But, I will be camping there for about six days. I'm going to be cooking a little, but some stoves will be too difficult since I can't pack any normal stove fuel on the aircraft. I can perfectly understand that, so I would not pack any white gas, butane, or alcohol. My general plan is to take a small woodburning stove and use twigs at the site. That should be enough to cook with. However, I know that it's likely to be rainy there, so all twigs may be wet and soggy. So, it would be wise if I had some kind of backup fuel along, but it can't be any fuel that would upset a TSA inspector or scanning machine. It has to be some burnable substance that does not classify as a fuel. Examples might include candle wax and wood. I've already made some inquiries to TSA, and they basically say, "Don't pack it, because our TSA inspectors have the right to remove anything at all that is even marginally suspect." [The bastards!] We had a discussion about MSDS sheets and hazardous material, and I could not pin them down. Now, I understand that they have good intentions, but I still need some guidelines as to what is permitted and what is not. If they told me that up to 2 ounces of candle is permitted, then I would pack about 1.9 ounces of it. They can't possibly object to wood (for crying out loud!), so I think I will have a couple of ounces of a softwood like yellow pine in slender pieces, and some firestarter material. Lighting the stove is not difficult (flint and steel).
Has anybody ever dealt with this?